ActionDignity

Canada

Category: Immigrant Leadership; Skills and Supports

Term: Dec. 2020 - Nov. 2022  

Through worker-led initiatives, storytelling, and advocacy, ActionDignity addresses health, safety, and other concerns of racialized meatpacking workers.

Association for Canadian Studies (ACS)

Canada

Category: Innovation and Experimentation; Growing an Ecosystem of Collaborators

Term: Jan. 2021 - Feb. 2023

ACS seeks to identify and prototype solutions that strengthen the immigrant-serving sector across all of Canada.

Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation

United States

Category: Innovative Finance

Term: Oct. 2019—Aug. 2020

The Beeck Center is identifying innovative financing models that expand job readiness and workforce development programs for immigrants and refugees.

Building Skills Partnership

United States

Category: Skills and Supports

Term: June 2020 - Nov. 2022

Building Skills Partnership is scaling their career pathways program and developing a new industry-recognized Infectious Disease Certification training program for building service workers.

Center for Family Life/SCO Family of Services

United States

Category: Innovation & Experimentation; Immigrant Leadership

Term: October 2020 – August 2022

Center for Family Life/SCO Family of Services is expanding Brightly, one of the first worker cooperative franchises in the United States, to provide a more sustainable path to scale financially successful worker cooperatives in low-income and immigrant communities.

Centreville Immigration Forum

United States

Category: Skills & Supports; Immigrant Leadership

Term: September 2020 – August 2022

Centreville Immigration Forum is launching Mujeres: Triangulo Ixil, a community-led effort that regularly convenes low-income immigrant women to identify needs, provide mutual support, learn about community resources, and support the women’s efforts to pursue opportunities in employment, education, and childcare and to achieve physical and mental well-being.

Code the Dream

United States

Category: Skills & Supports; Innovation & Experimentation

Term: January 2021 – December 2022

Code the Dream is expanding its proven model of improving economic mobility for immigrants and refugees seeking to unleash their own potential and make a better life for themselves and their communities.

EdTech Center @ World Education

United States

Category: Skills and Supports

Term: July 2020 - June 2022

The EdTech Center is launching the Equity in mLearning initiative to build tools and networks that improve access to digital learning, training, and skill development programs for immigrant-serving organizations and workers.

Encuentro

United States

Category: Skills & Supports; Employer Practices; Immigrant Leadership

Term: October 2020 – August 2022

Encuentro is scaling their innovative Home Health Aide program using education, self-employment, and leadership development to address the economic integration barriers that Latinx immigrants encounter in New Mexico’s home health industry.

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

Canada

Category: Skills and Supports; Innovation and Experimentation

Term: Dec. 2020 - June 2022

ISANS is launching a bridging program for internationally trained early childhood educators to address several barriers to entry and mobility in this high-demand area.

Inclusive Action for the City

United States

Category: Skills & Supports; Innovation & Experimentation; Leadership Development

Term: October 2020 – August 2022

The Semi’a Fund is a microloan program of Inclusive Action for the City that provides entrepreneurs from low-income communities—many of whom are street vendors in the informal economy—with access to low-interest capital and individualized coaching to help them grow their businesses.

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

United States

Category: Skills and Supports

Term: June 2020 - May 2022

The IRC is expanding successful place-based career pathway programs for refugees and immigrants.

JFF (Jobs for the Future)

United States

Category: Employer Practices

Term: Sept. 2019—June 2021

JFF is identifying emerging practices that enable employers to support immigrant and refugee workers and expanding employer-driven workforce training programs for further replication.

Many Languages One Voice

United States

Category: Skills & Supports; Innovation & Experimentation

Term: October 2020 – August 2022

Many Languages One Voice is launching the early childcare Birth to Three (B3) campaign to improve economic mobility for single mothers and families by re-envisioning childcare within immigrant and refugee communities.

Mission Asset Fund

United States

Category: Skills and Supports

Term: October 2020 – August 2022

Mission Asset Fund leverages the power of community, social trust, and cultural assets to help immigrants formalize and strengthen their financial lives, and become visible, active, and successful in the U.S. financial marketplace.

Mission Driven Finance

United States

Category: Leadership Capacity

Term: Sept. 2019—March 2021

Mission Driven Finance is launching a new fellowship to support emerging immigrant and refugee community finance leaders and develop a more diverse talent pipeline for the finance sector.

National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA)

United States

Category: Advocacy

Term: May 2020 - April 2021

NPNA is bolstering the advocacy efforts of their network of leading immigrant and refugee coalitions and advancing inclusive COVID-19 policies.

Neighborhood Development Center

United States

Category: Skills and Supports

Term: October 2020 – August 2022

Through four comprehensive and culturally competent programs—Entrepreneur Training, Business Lending, Technical Assistance, and Small Business Incubators—Neighborhood Development Center empowers immigrant entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities to transform their neighborhood economies from within.

New American Economy (NAE)

United States

Category: Data and Research

Term: May 2020 - April 2021

NAE is providing research, data, and insights on the contributions of immigrant workers in different sectors and states, and the potential economic and health impacts of COVID-19 on immigrants and refugees.

Oakland Bloom

United States

Category: Skills and Supports

Term: October 2020 – August 2022

Oakland Bloom is building a cooperatively run commissary kitchen, marketplace, pop-up, and community gathering space for immigrants, refugees, and people of color to develop, pivot, and (re)launch their food businesses in community with one another.

Ontario Employment Education & Research Centre (OEERC) 

Canada

Category: Immigrant Leadership

Term: April 2021 - Sept. 2022

The OEERC is supporting leadership development and organizing among migrant workers in the Greater Toronto Area to address issues facing workers in low-wage and precarious employment.

Pioneer Valley Workers Center

United States

Category: Skills & Supports; Immigrant Leadership

Term: October 2020 – August 2022

Pioneer Valley Workers Center’s Vida Cooperativa program provides economic opportunity for immigrant workers in the U.S. to start and lead their own cooperative businesses.

RADIUS – Refugee Livelihood Lab (RLL)

Canada

Category: Immigrant Leadership; Innovation and Experimentation

Term: April 2021 - March 2023

RLL is expanding its immigrant-led innovation and venture incubation programs to help immigrant leaders pilot solutions to the problems their communities face.

Sueños Sin Fronteras de Tejas

United States

Category: Skills & Supports; Leadership

Term: October 2020 – August 2022

Sueños Sin Fronteras de Tejas creates community-based pathways toward liberation and empowerment for immigrant women and families through health advocacy in South Texas and across the U.S.

Suma

United States

Category: Skills & Supports; Immigrant Leadership

Term: October 2020 – August 2022

Through trainings and new technology platforms, Suma’s work addresses the growing technology gap between communities that are more established and those of immigrants and people of color.

Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN)

Canada

Category: Skills and Supports

Term: Dec. 2020 - Nov. 2022  

TCBN is developing career pathways for immigrant and refugee workers in the construction sector, especially workers of colour, women, and youth affected by COVID-19.  

Upwardly Global

United States

Category: Employer Practices

Term: Oct. 2019—July 2020

Upwardly Global is designing and piloting employer tools and support systems for successful immigrant integration and advancement in the workplace.

Welcoming America

United States

Category: COVID-19 Response

Term: May 2020 - April 2021

Welcoming America's Resilient Rapid Response Initiative is building inclusive emergency management response amid the impacts of COVID-19.

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

United States

Category: Employer Practices

Term: Sept. 2019—Feb. 2021

The Welcoming Center is piloting new employer partnership models that enable immigrants and refugees to gain U.S. work experience, and supporting the design of an immigrant workforce strategy for Philadelphia.

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